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Pensioners must provide ‘proof of life’ to keep receiving payments

CHRIS SMITH

Pensioners living overseas will have to prove they are still alive, to continue receiving the aged pension.

96,000 Australian pensioners lawfully live in another country, but money is still being paid to about 6,000 who have died.

Under changes, people aged over 80 will need to provide a “proof of life” certificate every two years.

Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher tells Chris Smith it’s a sensible move.

“We’re coming into line with a range of other countries like Germany, France and Italy which have similar systems in place.

“And this will be a means of saving taxpayers about $150 million over the next four years.”

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